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In new spot, Cuccinelli tosses GOP gov under bus

Thursday - 8/22/2013, 4:10pm  ET

BOB LEWIS
AP Political Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Republican Ken Cuccinelli is airing a new ad that seeks to untangle his gubernatorial campaign from a scandal that has mired Gov. Bob McDonnell in criminal investigations involving a nutritional supplements company and its top executive.

The new commercial comes as fresh polling finds Cuccinelli struggling with issues of trustworthiness issues as a result of the scandal that also touches McDonnell. The Republican governor or his family received more than $145,000 in gifts and loans from Jonnie Williams of Star Scientific Inc., most of it not reported on state economic interest forms.

Cuccinelli, however, received $18,000 from Williams and his company.

Cuccinelli has distanced himself from the troubled governor before, but his new ad implies McDonnell is a villain. In it, Cuccinelli takes credit for launching an investigation against McDonnell.


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